Reinterpreting the bay window: Private residence in Gent
Architecture: Miass Architectuur,
Steven Vandenborre Architecten
Location: Abeelstraat 8a, Gent (BE)
The ingeniously designed glass facades on the three residential storeys contrast with the building's solid base, which now presents itself in a uniform black hue. The fully glazed windows playfully project outward a little at alternating angles, and can thus be seen as a modern interpretation of the classical bay window.
On the outside, the angled windows provide the façade a subtle effect of spatial depth; on the inside they frame various outward perspectives. Seen in the elevation view, the full-height panes, the projecting corners with their horizontal, glued joints and the scarcely visible frames merge with the façade's aluminium-clad outer edges and horizontal ledges. Sliding windows can be opened to transform the living room and one of the bedrooms into semi-open loggias.